My Open Water Swim FAQ

Do I need a wetsuit?

You are not required to wear a wetsuit, however if you are a beginner we do advise wearing a wetsuit due to temperature and safety. This keeps you buoyant.


What is the age limit for children?

Anyone can join in on the fun, just make sure that under 16’s are accompanied by an adult.


Do I pay for a membership and pay as you swim?

(Membership isn’t clear that you pay a cheaper price each time you visit, because you pay a membership fee)

You don’t need a membership to be involved in the swim’s, as a non member you can swim for £10 per session. 

However as a member, you can swim for only £7! 

There are different levels to our memberships, saving you more money the higher your membership.


Do I bring my own wetsuit?

You are free to bring your own wetsuit, however don’t worry if you don’t have one! We offer a wetsuit hire that is only £10 for the whole session. 

It’s the perfect way to get involved and start a new hobby.


What does the coaching include? 

Yes we have coaching available.


Can I swim for the first time here?

We welcome everyone! From the first timers to the experienced swimmers. We want you to feel confident and comfortable no matter your experience level. 

We have an area to practise in if you feel you need that initial encounter before heading out.


What are the rules for Open Water swimming?

The rules are simple! We have set courses with various distances that swimmers must stick to, unless you are in the novice area. You can only swim within our set hours and are not allowed to swim at our locations at any other time.

Other than that just get out and have fun! 


How do I know which Wetsuit to get?

If you enjoyed your swim with us and would like to buy or hire a wetsuit, our staff are highly experienced and can advise you on which wetsuit will suit you best. 

Our office times are Mon-Fri 9-4:30, feel free to give us a call on 0207 183 4116 and we can help find the best option for you.


Is there anywhere I can put my belongings whilst I swim?

We do have small lockers available for valuables however you must provide your own lock to keep your items safe.


Is the water too cold for me to swim?

We welcome swimmers throughout all weather conditions, however if you are a beginner we do advise you to start when the water is higher than 11 degrees celsius for a more enjoyable experience. You can find the temperature at the top of the My Open Water Swim website.


What is open water swimming?

Openwater swimming is an enjoyable outdoor swimming experience that allows you to absorb the beautiful natural environment. Similar to swimming lengths in a pool but with a more natural experience in a larger body of water. Making the most of your swim by taking in the beauty around you.


Do I need anything other than a wetsuit?

You can bring anything you want to swim. Other than a swim cap, goggles and either a wetsuit or swimwear, we do advise you bring a tow float. 


Can I wear a swimsuit?

You are more than welcome to just wear a swimsuit. However, if you are a novice we advise wearing a wetsuit for your safety. Having a wetsuit will give you better buoyancy helping you have a more enjoyable swim as well as giving you better thermal comfort.


Can I still come if I’m not a strong swimmer?

Of course! We welcome all swimmers with various abilities. We have a number of courses depending on the length you would like to swim.


How deep is the water?

The mean depth is 2.9m however the novice area closer to land is around 1-2m deep.


Can I hire a wetsuit for just one swim?

You can hire a wetsuit with us for only £10 a swim session. You can do this either online here : 


Or you can hire a wetsuit down at the swim. All we need are your height, weight and chest measurements and we can get a suitable wetsuit for you to enjoy your swim.


Do I have to book online?

Yes you must book your swim online before coming down to register. However, sessions are kept open even when the swim has started so you can book online before you arrive. 


Can I pay cash on arrival?

Unfortunately we don’t currently accept cash for swim sessions. We do however accept cash for our shop and wetsuit hire.


Can I hire a wetsuit when I arrive to swim?

Yes. You can hire a wetsuit once you arrive at the swim. We do advise you to book online so we can reserve the correct size for you.


Do I have to swim a certain way or can I swim anywhere?

WE have a number of course available up to 1.9kn but you must stick to the courses

We have a number of courses available up to 1.9 Km. You must stick to these courses for everyone’s safety. Our courses require you to swim anti-clockwise.


What do you recommend for the colder swims?

When swimming in the colder water, we recommend you have a variety of products to help keep you warm and keep your swim enjoyable. These products include : Wetsuit, Neoprene Socks, Caps and Gloves and a Warmth Top layer. 

When you are entering the water, make sure you enter slowly so you can acclimate yourself to the temperature. Take it slow and easy. Don’t try and push yourself when the temperature is cold. 


What are the essentials for my first swim?

This is entirely up to you. You can use as much or as little as you want. Your swimming experience is down to you, tailor your products to how you want to swim. 

We sell everything you may need at our venue so if you find yourself in need of something, we have got you covered. 


Do you have changing rooms?

Yes, we have changing rooms onsite with showers. 

If that isn’t your style, we do have various changing robes for sale on our website below:



Are there benefits to Open water swimming?

There are various benefits to open water swimming, such as helping mental health, better sleep and increased energy levels, as well as helping your all round general health. 

If you want to read more about the benefits, head over to our blog for a more in depth talk on why and how you should be open water swimming.

See link below to read the full blog:



Are there any safety precautions in place?

Yes, we have kayakers and power boats with knowledgeable staff on the water to support you whilst swimming.